Okay, I'm moving from my current crappy apartment to a new, much nicer apartment. The new apartment has all sorts of things that my current apartment lacks, such as a dishwasher, private parking, multiple bedrooms, a basement lounge with a (small) bar, a working toilet, and a non-misanthropic maintenance guy. One thing it lacks that I've grown accustomed to, however, is FiOS as an internet provider. So I'm going Comcast, for lack of any better options.
One of Comcast's more obnoxious policies is that if you don't own your own cable modem, you need to pay them $7 per month extra for the privilege of them letting you use theirs. Back when I lived in New York, I had Time Warner's cable internet and they never pulled this kind of bullshit. But I digress. I need to buy a cable modem.
So what the hell one do I buy? There's this DOCSIS 3 thing, but I don't know if it's important since I'm not going to be paying for 30+ Mbps at Comcast's extortionate rates. Does DOCSIS 3 help if I'm not breaking that barrier? What brands are good? Can I get one with a built-in wireless and wired router (that actually works most of the time)? Do I want to install DD-WRT Linux to it, just for the sake of installing Linux to every Turing-complete device in my house? Should I just go with whatever one looks exactly like the one that Time Warner used to let me use for free back in New York? Help me out, here, PA, I'm in unfamiliar territory.